Thursday, May 19, 2011
Friday, May 13, 2011
I would have adored this doll when I was a little girl. It is along the same lines as a paper doll, but with fabric. It is a pattern from the incomparable Wee Wonderfuls book that I have blogged about before.
I made several outfits for the doll to be able to change as mood strikes and there is a pocket in the back to store all of the outfits when play is done. Each outfit is backed with felt, the doll silhouette on the pillow is made from felt...and since felt sticks to felt, it works! As long as Evelyn doesn't sprint through the house while carrying it that is.
I had to of course test the doll and all of her outfits first...just to make sure everything worked. It's all about quality control. ;)
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
I began to feel a bit blue at leaving this little house of ours and I needed to just "be" with my babies for awhile. So many memories have happened here, so much growing and changing in the lives of my little ones...walking, talking, playing.
So while I looked back a bit today, the to-do list will wait for no-one. Next weekend and the move will be here fast and furious, so organizing and crossing things off of my list continues tomorrow.
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Elijah gave up naps a couple of months ago. At first I was sad to see my alone time go, but now I see it as time that he and I get to spend with him one on one. Sometimes we do a little, sometimes we do a lot, or sometimes we each do our own thing. I find myself forgetting that he is only 4 years old sometimes. He is one smart cookie and we have the best conversations. Plus, he is a capable kid that is able to do a great deal for himeself and on his own.Family Fun before. Over the last couple of days he and I have made one of the projects found in a speciual Spring issue of the magazine. He spotted the tube racer and asked if we could make one. I like to keep recycled materials on hand, I never know when I might need something for a project or activity.
Some of my favorite things to stash away are:
good pieces of cardboard
plastic bottle caps
styrofoam food trays for painting (from veggies, not meat)
glass jars of all sizes
Other things I like to have on hand are:
and of course the usual art supplies as well.
Anyway I digress...
Elijah and I raided the supplies and while I helped him at certain points he did most of the work in making that tube racer up there. While a fun project for us to do, it is not something that held up very well during the active play of a 4 year old. The wheels had to be re-attached several times before he gave up and started pretending that it was a crashed car that had fallen off a cliff.
Oh well. I hope that these kinds of activities help him see that with a little imagination something fun can come from what would seem to be junk.
Tomorrow we might make a magic fish aquarium.
Note: I tried to find these projects on the website so as to link, but they don't have them listed...frustrating.
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Monday, May 2, 2011
Family Fun Magazine (love that magazine!). I worked on them while the kids were around and they kept trying to get me to spill what I was working on...I love building the anticipation.